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Auto defects led to more than 50 million recalls in 2014

Florida vehicle owners may be shocked to learn that more than 50 million vehicles were recalled for safety defects in 2014. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says one vehicle in every five on United States roads posed critical personal injury hazards. All the parts of every vehicle have to comply with  Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, and auto defects typically bring about recalls.

The defective cars and trucks have led to a multitude of lawsuits by accident victims against vehicle manufacturers and auto dealers after injuries and deaths resulted from auto accidents involving recalled vehicles. The safety recalls during 2014 included a variety of defects, including those that affected the drivers' control over their vehicles. Such defects included faulty steering components, ignition systems, accelerator controls and cracking tires. Other defects posed fire hazards, such as leaking fuel systems and defective wiring systems that could ignite fires in an accident.

Metal pieces in Kraft Mac and Cheese may cause personal injury

Following the multiple recalls of consumables for various reason over recent months, consumers in Florida are likely shopping with care. Personal injury threats have been reported to be present in food products containing undeclared allergens or foreign particles, and other products were contaminated with listeria, salmonella or other bacteria. Kraft Foods recently recalled nearly 250,000 cases filled with 7.25 oz. boxes of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.

The recall followed complaints from consumers reporting eight incidents of the presence of metal pieces in the products. Kraft says no injuries have been reported to have been caused by the foreign particles. The recall includes all 7.25 ounce boxes of the original flavor Kraft Macaroni and Cheese that indicates "best when used by" dates between Sept. 18, 2015 and Oct. 11, 2015.

Severe personal injury may result from faulty fire extinguisher

Florida consumers may want to learn about the dangers posed by Kidde disposable fire extinguishers. Millions of these fire extinguishers have been recalled due to the threat of potential personal injury. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says defective valve components may prevent the fire extinguishers from discharging fully.

Questions about the fire extinguishers arose after a fire broke out in an out-of-state resident's kitchen. She tried to extinguish the flames with a Kidde disposable fire extinguisher, but she could not manage to press the plastic lever to release the powder. The local fire department eventually extinguished the fire to prevent it from spreading to other apartments. The faulty fire extinguisher was later inspected by the fire department, at which time it failed again.

Maker of Tylenol pleads guilty to causing personal injury threat

The Department of Justice says its aggressive punishment of pharmaceutical manufacturers who fail to produce quality medicines will continue. This follows a guilty plea by McNeil Consumer Healthcare on a federal criminal charge for continuing to sell potentially dangerous children's medication over the counter, despite its knowledge of contamination. The department is concerned about the manufacturer's disregard for current safe manufacturing practices that may lead to severe personal injury for children in Florida and elsewhere.

The company settled for $25 million after acknowledging its failure to act upon its knowledge that Children's Tylenol and Children's Motrin were contaminated with chromium, nickel and iron particles. The dangerous children's medicine had remained available to consumers for almost a year before a recall was announced. Following a complaint about black specks in Infant's Tylenol from a concerned consumer in 2009, McNeil determined that the metal particles were introduced during production, but no immediate action was taken.

H-E-B beef burgers contain wheat that can cause personal injury

Florida consumers who have allergies or sensitivities to ingredients that may be present in food products have to rely on the information provided on product labels to prevent suffering potentially deadly consequences. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) regularly come across products containing allergens that are not indicated on the labels. Campos Foods, a manufacturer of different varieties of beef burgers that are sold under the H-E-B label, recently recalled products that failed to show the presence of wheat on the package labels, posing a personal injury hazard to susceptible consumers.

The company produces fully cooked beef burgers, and two varieties were included in the recall. These are cheeseburgers and bacon cheeseburgers that contain wheat and may adversely affect consumers who are sensitive to gluten, have a wheat allergy or suffer from celiac disease. The only additive information on the packages indicated the presence of milk, and Campos Foods reported that the undeclared wheat was found in the spice mix it used in the preparation process.

Dream on Me recalls bassinets that pose personal injury threat

The children of consumers in Florida and elsewhere should not be exposed to products that pose safety hazards. Unfortunately, personal injury and even death are regularly reported in the media. Various pieces of baby furniture, such as cribs and strollers, have been recalled in recent months, and the latest in a long list of dangerous children's products is the 2-in-1 Bassinet to Cradle manufactured by Dream on Me.

The company recently recalled almost 13,000 units of the product that have been found to pose a severe risk to infants. The product can be used in two different configurations and includes a metal-framed bassinet with fabric sides and a removable canopy. The sides of the bassinet have wires on both sides that support the fabric side panels.

Personal injury risk increases as total food recalls escalates

Florida consumers likely share the concern of many others about the numbers of food products that are recalled due to a variety of health violations. The fact that personal injury or other health threats are only identified after a product has been available from food stores for some time increases the probability of consumers suffering adverse consequences. The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) division of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released a report indicating a significant rise in the number of food product recalls in 2014, compared to the previous year.

The USDA oversees food safety of meat, seafood, eggs and poultry only, and recalls related to these products were reflected in the comparison. The total number of recalls in 2014 was 19 more than the 75 recalls in 2013. The comparison in the weight of recalled food shows that 18.7 million pounds were recalled in 2014, compared to 13.1 million pounds in 2013. Recalls are classified, and the USDA says last year's recalls were mostly classified as Class 1. This means that the likelihood of suffering health consequences or death after consuming such products is reasonably high.

Pharmaceutical company recalls potential personal injury threat

It is not uncommon for manufacturing companies in Florida and elsewhere to outsource some of their processes to increase production or for many other reasons. It remains the responsibility of the company owner to ensure that procedures at the third-party's manufacturing facility meet the high standards required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other regulators. If any issues of personal injury arise due to improper procedures followed at the subcontractor's premises, the manufacturing company may be held liable.

Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Inc. recently announced a recall of some of its atracurium besylate injections in various sizes and both single and multi-dose vials. The drug is used to relax skeletal muscles during surgery, and it also facilitates endotracheal intubation for mechanical ventilation. The voluntary recall follows observations by the FDA that the manufacturing process failed to adhere to required standards, by which sterile products should be handled in a manner that will not compromise sterility. It was also noted that GMP standards were not maintained.

Study suggests that Zofran may cause birth defects

It is only natural for women who are pregnant to be concerned about the health of their unborn children. While they may need medication for various health issues during pregnancy, expectant mothers in Florida want to feel confident that their doctors would not expose them to dangerous or defective drugs that may cause birth defects. The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology recently published the results of a study into the dangers posed by an anti-nausea drug often prescribed to expectant mothers.

The study found that eight in every 10 women who are pregnant suffer nausea and vomiting during pregnancy (NVP). Although there are other drugs deemed safe for use during pregnancy, the study determined that as many as 1 million pregnant women are prescribed Zofran, branded or generic, annually. Zofran is a product developed to treat nausea in cancer patients and to prevent vomiting in those who suffer post-surgery nausea.

Family Dollar Stores recall toy that poses personal injury hazard

Florida consumers likely agree that shopping for toys for their children, or for gifts for someone else's children, is becoming more difficult as time passes. Dangerous toys that have the potential to cause severe personal injury are the subject of multiple recalls announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). However, potential dangers often only become apparent after toys have been bought and unpacked.

A recently announced recall involves a toy targeted at young boys. It is a plastic auto carrier with six toy cars in the trailer. According to the recall, the cars are die-cast metal and have reportedly dangerously sharp edges. Although no incidents of lacerations or other injuries had been reported at the time of the announcement, the recall is a proactive act to prevent children from being injured.

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